The man who wielded the brick ended up with more prison time than the one who shot the gun in the death of another man.

An Akron man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday in the death of Jason Lamont Bradford, 46, of Akron. DeMarcus L. Shealy, 27, will be eligible for parole after 27 years.

Shealy was one of three people charged in the April 16, 2018, slaying of Jason Lamont Bradford, 46, in the 800 block of East Exchange Street in Akron’s Middlebury neighborhood. Prosecutors say Shealy hit Bradford in the head with a brick and Lavon Rankin, 24, of Akron, then shot Bradford.

Rankin was sentenced to 20 years in prison in December after pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter and other offenses. Samantha Lamp, 24, of Akron, was sentenced to three years of probation after pleading guilty to obstructing justice.

Summit County Common Pleas Judge Christine Croce in February allowed Shealy to withdraw his December guilty plea made under an agreement with prosecutors to voluntary manslaughter, felonious assault and obstructing justice.

A jury found Shealy guilty last week of murder, felonious assault and obstructing justice. The murder and felonious assault charges included gun specifications.

Croce sentenced Shealy on Wednesday to life with possible parole after 27 years. She designated him a violent offender, which means he must register with the sheriff annually for 10 years after his release.

Shealy’s sentence included an extra year for an unrelated drug case.

Ed Smith, Shealy’s attorney, said his client didn’t intend to kill anyone. He said this case caused heartache for everyone involved.

“It’s hard to see so much pain for two families,” he said.

 

Stephanie Warsmith can be reached at 330-996-3705, swarsmith@thebeaconjournal.com and on Twitter: @swarsmithabj.